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Dear Secular Franciscans,

CIOFS is excited to present you a special gift to help you celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Rule. CIOFS has prepared a 12-minute video, entitled, “Forty years of the ‘New' Rule, A Treasure for the OFS" which provides a historical perspective on the rule of 1978 and a beautiful summary.

Please share this video with your brothers and sisters. View the video and celebrate the rule together. Take some time to discuss and contemplate its message. Celebrate this great treasure in your hearts and carry it with you throughout the day.

https://youtu.be/Y2eUXrAuWO4

This past May 24, our brother Francesco Crescenti was called to the Father's House after a long illness. He was taken care of with exemplary care and love by his wife Anna Maria, supported by his daughter (and our sister) Maria Assunta.

Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis          
Consilium Internationale
FAMILY COMMISSION
Fr. Francis Dor OFMCap.

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The Family and Evangelization
(From the final report of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, n° 87-93)


“Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of the joy of evangelization”, exhorts Pope Francis in the Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium1. This call is addressed not only to individuals and canonical ecclesial communities, but also to the family that is itself “a domestic church”. If the world is sad and dreary, we are all supposed to be concerned because we are sent to bring the Good News “of Great joy to all people” (Lk 2: 10). The family has a great role in the Church’s mission of evangelization both as agent and beneficiary. The fourth chapter of the final report of the Synod of Bishops on the Family actually bears the title “The Family and Evangelization”.

On April 21, at the Convent of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of Riga, chaired by Attilio Galimberti, delegate of the OFS MInister General and by F. Pedro Zitha OFM, Assistant Spiritual General, it has been held the 2nd  National Chapter of the Emergeing fraternity OF of Latvia

Elected ( from the left on the picture ) :

Mara Zakee ,  Marika Skele, Silvita Kravale, Gundega Zake-Cimza ( President and International  Councillor ) , Dace Biltaure e Kaspars Avots

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INTRODUCTION

The Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) whose members are called to live a vocation of charity, a vocation of faithfully following the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, includes among its stages, initial formation -- the time after admission to the Order and before profession. This time is intended to deepen the maturation of the vocation, to enhance the experience of evangelical life in fraternity and to gain a better knowledge of the Order (Art.40 GGCC).

K O I N Ō N I A
...together on the journey

CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS – YOUFRA


2018 - 1 Year 25 n. 97

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AS YOU SENT ME INTO THE WORLD,
SO I SENT THEM INTO THE WORLD (Jn 17, 18)
40 years after the SeraphicusPatriarcha

THE FAMILY AS VOCATION AND MISSION
Fr. Alfred Parambakathu OFMConv

General Introduction


In this year Secular Franciscans all over the world are commemorating the 40th anniversary of the promulgation of their present Rule by Pope Paul VI with the apostolic letter “SeraphicusPatriarcha” dated 24th June 1978. On this occasion the recently concluded XV General Chapter of OFS (Seraphicum, Rome, on November 4-11, 2017) invited all its members to reflect on the application of this Rule and how it is to be lived in concrete situations. The Conference of general Assistants (CAS), in the light of the theme of the General Chapter, “As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world” (Jn 17,18), has decided to dedicate the Koinonia of this year to four related topics:

  • Koinonia 2018-1:  “The family as vocation and mission” – Fr. Alfred ParambakathuOFMConv.
  • Koinonia 2018-2: “The work as vocation and mission” – Fr. Francis Dor, OFM Cap. 
  • Koinonia 2018-3: “The “ecological conversion” as vocation and mission”,- Fr. PedroZitha, OFM. 
  • Koinonia 2018-4: “The commitment in the Politics of the Secular Franciscans”, - Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano, TOR.

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To all OFS and YouFra brothers and sisters,
To all Franciscan friars of the First Order and TOR,
To all the rest of the Franciscan Family, and
To all people of good will,


May the Lord give you his peace!


We wish to share with you the joy of having celebrated the XV General Ordinary Chapter
of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS), from November 4-12, 2017, in Rome, at the Seraphicum
OFM Conv International College! 124 participants – capitulars, observers, guests, speakers, and
supporting teams – from 75 countries gathered to celebrate the gift of our secular Franciscan
vocation to "rebuild" the Church (OFS Cost. 100.1) and to build a more fraternal and
evangelical world! (OFS Rule, 14).

The Secular Franciscan Order

The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to the Franciscan Family and is "formed by the organic union of all the Catholic fraternities, whose members, moved by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves through profession to live the Gospel after the manner of St. Francis in their secular state following the Rule approved by the Church" (Const. 1,3).

 

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